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Rafael Nadal on French Open seeds: 'That's how it is - no sport is fairer than tennis'

Rafael Nadal at 2021 French Open

Rafael Nadal insists he has no problem with being seeded lower than Daniil Medvedev for the French Open.

Nadal is a 13-time champion at Roland Garros, while Medvedev only won his first ever match there this week.

However, since the seedings are based on the world rankings, that has left world number three Nadal in the same half of the draw as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, while Medvedev is in the other with a much kinder potential path to the final.

Nadal, though, says that is absolutely fine with him, simply because the seed system grants advantage based upon merit, not reputation, and that is exactly how it should be.

“That’s part of the game, you know, that’s how the rankings work,” Nadal said after winning his opening match at this year's tournament.

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“There is not a sport that is fairer than tennis [in that regard]. There is a ranking, the seedings are made with the ranking that you had [from throughout] the year.

“So, I mean, that’s how it is. You need to find a way to do it fairly, and probably that’s a good way to avoid any discussion.”

“Fair enough. I am the third [seed], Medvedev is the second, Novak [Djokovic] is the first, [I have] no problem with that.

“[Besides focusing on the next match] other stuff doesn’t worry me now, honestly.”

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